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Hmm! I’m not at all sure about my choice of colours for the sashing and cornerstones of the Pieces of the Santa Fe Trail quilt 🀨 The colours looked OK on my EQ7 mock up but of course they are approximations… The actual fabrics appear more rusty red and salmon pink than theΒ  shades of orange I’d been imagining.

Melva (designer of the QAL) took a look at the photo I posted on Instagram and messaged that with a blue border it should work… I’m hoping the broad, mainly blue outer border will throw attention on the blocks and suppress the sashing. We shall see! The fabrics are cut now so the options are: 1. to carry on or 2. face a trip to that UFO Cupboard of Shame 😱

The Following Day: I’ve moved on to a third (expensive) option 😌 I looked at the design wall this morning and decided the sashing hadn’t grown on me at all, quite the reverse. I experimented with some strips of golden yellow fabrics before trying strips of the cornerstone rusty red fabric. I’m surprised the darker strips seem to be a preferable option although I’m still not convinced… Whatever I decide will now involve buying even more fabric to finish a scrap quilt!

Back to UFOs, well things of outer space anyway. I’m listening to the autobiography of NASA’s Flight Director, Gene Kranz. You may have seen his character depicted in such films as ‘Apollo 13’ or ‘First Man’. Gene Krantz is the chap in Mission Control who dons a white waistcoat at the start of the manned rocket launches. His book, ‘Failure is Not an Option‘, is a fascinating listen. I can’t claim to follow all the technical stuff (although it is written to be accessible) but the background story to getting humans into space is remarkable. I’m in awe of the people who pushed the boundaries of knowledge and the men who basically sat on top of World War 2 German V2 rockets in order to be propelled out of the Earth’s atmosphere. Quite amazing!

Saturday Quilting Bring & Share posts may be a bit intermittent over the coming month but I intend to get the schedule back on track in the new year πŸ™‚ Here are a few links to distract you from your Christmas preparations:

Sheila Christensen is launching her online ‘Modern Triangle Sampler’ course. Participants will have access to Sheila’s videos sharing all her expertise in cutting and making triangle blocks without templates or Y-seams. She is offering two options for the course quilt.

Have you made a Plaid-ish quilt? The design crops up fairly often in my Instagram feed and it’s definitely on my list of quilts to make. The Plaid-ish tutorial was first published in 2019 by Erica Jackman of Kitchen Table Quilting. You can download the pattern for free here.

Something else that catches my eye as I do the Instagram scroll are jackets made from quilts. Now, I’m no dress-maker but I am tempted by these especially as I have a large quilt that is not being used. I made it a few years ago as an entry for the Festival of Quilts challenge. It’s too big to work as a throw so I have no qualms about cutting it up. Alison Stothard @hexadoodlequilts shared her first version of the Paola jacket, a free pattern from the Fabric Store. That got me searching ’til I found another jacket pattern, the Tamarack Jacket by Grainline Studio. I found there is series of tutorials on the Grainline Studio blog page, maybe I could have a go? The website is full of helpful information – a good one to favourite I think πŸ™‚

I had better stop dreaming of future projects, press the ‘publish’ button and acknowledge it is time for a reality check – go clean the bathroom πŸ˜›

Happy Stitching!

Allison

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Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. Bring along your projects(s) and enjoy being part of the sharing going on within our Worldwide Quilting Community πŸ™‚ It’s easy to join in by clicking the links below and leaving your encouraging thoughts and ideas in the comments boxes of the blogs you visit πŸ™‚

I’m still working my way through finishing up projects. I made one of the four cushion covers and posted a tutorial sharing my method for making an envelope closure with button fastenings. I need to sew buttons to the remaining three covers and stitch them and the binding to the cushion fronts.

I’m making slow progress stitching down the binding to the UFO quilt. I have to confess to getting too absorbed in what’s on TV! I’m doing a bit of a binge watch of ‘The Good Wife’. I nearly gave up in series one but through series two I got hooked by some of the on-going story lines and here I am at episode 3 of series 3! Maybe I will have to switch to audio books if I’m ever going to finish the binding? πŸ˜€

What’s my next project? I’m warming to the idea of using a Suzy Q pattern I bought some time ago, ‘Modern Fans‘. At the time I bought a stack of pink and grey FQ bundles from Hobbycraft to use with this pattern. Over the intervening time I’ve snuck out a few of the FQs for other projects so maybe it’s time to make the quilt before all the materials disappear? I’m also feeling an urge to practice FMQ, maybe this quilt top with it’s curved piecing could be a good project to try out some new moves?

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Melva continues to share Marian’s memories of life along the Santa Fe Trail in the mid 1800s.

Fancy learning how to repair old/damaged quilts? Carole has years of experience providing this service for customers. She is ready to teach the skills and refer clients as her workload is too great. Carole is able to provide the class to individuals or guilds.

Bear Paw blocks are high up on my list of favourite blocks to make. They are relatively quick; there aren’t too many HSTs to trim :-); and they can be arranged in all sorts of layouts. Wendy’s guild, Capital Quilters, has a Bear Paw block logo. In this post she shares some photos of the Bear Paw quilts made by guild members back in 2015. They are planning another Bear Paw QAL for 2022.

Following bloggers who make miniature quilts finally broke down Nancy’s resistance to making another little quilt. Click over to her post to find links to quilty bloggers who do things in miniature and see Nancy’s progress with her version of the Dear Prudence quilt.

Suzy shares a super quick method to make a table runner. It would be easy to apply this method to any sort of design, Suzy’s design is called Holiday Table Runner.

We know patchwork quilters are a bunch of kind, warm hearted souls, don’t we? Bernie has discovered a way to spread the warm hearted kindness by joining in with ‘I found a quilted heart’. Find out more by reading Bernie’s blog post.

Gretchen is expertly hand quilting a Welsh quilt. In her blog post she shares some of the detail and explains how her quilting frame works.

I’m looking forward to Angela Walters‘ next free motion quilting series, ‘Fabulous Feathers’. The first episode is due to go out on 16th November and is titled ‘Fixing Feather Frustrations’! Keep up to date with the broadcast schedule by subscribing to Angela’s email newsletter πŸ™‚

Linking with Michelle for the Beauties Pageant and Wendy for the Peacock Party. Michelle is sharing her methods and progress re. de-stashing while Wendy explains why she has had to slow down progress on her Pandemic cross stitch sampler.

Happy Stitching!

Allison

Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (275)

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I have had my mind set on pushing three separate projects to a finish. My motivation has been a desire to clear the project clutter from my sewing room. I need to give my mind space to rest before moving on to something different. I actually don’t know what I want to make once these three are finished. This is a new and rather strange place for me to be. Usually I have a whole list of shiny new projects I’m itching to

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Saturday Quilting Bring and Share (274)

Welcome to Saturday Quilting Bring & Share. I hope you have had a good week and there’s time for a spot of creativity over the weekend. Bring along your project(s) and join in the sharing of inspiration, ideas and tips with other members of or Worldwide Quilting Community. Use the links below to go find something new and why not leave an encouraging message in the comment box of any blog you visit?

I got more sewing done than expected this past week. I had to make preparations for the final class of the Beginners Course. Dashing Stars number six was duly quilted and a scrappy binding constructed ready for the class demo.

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